Ao after a long time pool owner, and taking care of all the cleaning, balancing, etc..., I made the switch to the TFP method back in June when I had serious mustard/yellow algae. I SLAM'ed, and my water was so clear, it was awesome. Over a period of a 6 weeks, I must have let the FC drop, because the yellow was back. I began another SLAM, and after 2 weeks, it was super clear again. Three weeks later, the algea is back, and i have to do another SLAM. The issue with this whole method, is that you really need to dedicate more time than most people have to who do not follow TFP method. I mean if you mis a day or two of adding bleach, the algae comes back. In the past, I would add 3-5 pounds of dichlor weekly, and never had an issue. That cost me about $60/mo. Since I switched to TFP, I have had to SLAM 3 times in less than 4 months, and have spend about $90/mo. The one good thing is that my CYA has remained at 50 throughout the whole process.
Maybe the algae was worse this year than in the past, but I am seriously questioning whether this method is worth it. I am not trying to avoid the work to take care of the pool, but remenbering to add bleach every day or two, is hard for me. It seems like if I forget to add for a few days, I am back to SLAMing, and I was thinking that following TFP would actually save me money, not increase my cost by 50%.
I think this method is kinda like organic gardening. It is better for your landscape, but it takes more work, and is more expensive. In the long run you are better off, but getting there is a lot of work.
Any insight from the long time TFP followers would be great.